Saturday, November 04, 2006

Waltham Forest FC

Waltham Forest 1 Cray Wanderers 2 - FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round



The London Borough of Waltham Forest is located in north east London and forms part of Outer London. It is a mainly built-up residential area located between part of Epping Forest in the east and the River Lee in the west. These form two green corridors, passing into London from the surrounding countryside, and more than a fifth of the borough is made up of forestland, reservoirs, open space, parks and playing fields. Many Stone Age remains are found in the area. Roman remains have also been found scattered around the borough proving it was a significant area of Roman occupation. After the Romans, Poddy was born and has remained in the area to this day. The borough was formed in 1965, by the London Government Act 1963, from the area of the former Municipal Boroughs of Chingford, Leyton and Walthamstow which was transferred to Greater London from Essex. The borough was named Waltham Forest after the forest the area used to reside in, now known as Epping Forest. The Epping Forest Act of 1878 not only assisted in preserving the forest but also help develop the towns around it; Chingford, Walthamstow and Leyton. The boroughs location between the City of London and Epping Forest caused the large scale suburban development of much of the borough.

Pennant Football Club was formed as a junior side in 1964, initially joining the South West Essex League. The league's Premier Division title was won by Pennant in 1972-73. 2 seasons later the club joined the Metropolitan League, winning the league at the first attempt.Pennant joined the London Spartan League in 1983, becoming a senior club. They finished 4th in the Senior in their first season, which was sufficient to gain promotion to the Premier Division. In 1988 neighbours Walthamstow Avenue were swallowed up by Redbridge Forest, so Pennant changed their name to Walthamstow Pennant in order to keep the footballing name of Walthamstow alive. The 1988-89 season saw the renamed club win the Spartan League Cup and the installation of floodlights installed at Wadham Lodge.In 1995-96 neighbours Leyton F.C. saw no future at their ground and moved to Wadham Lodge, incorporating Walthamstow Pennant. The club was renamed Leyton Pennant, and assumed Leyton's place in the Isthmian League. In 2003 the new chairman and his board changed the club's name to Waltham Forest, reflecting the club's location in the borough of Waltham Forest.

We travelled via Seven Sisters and the Victoria Line to Walthamstow Central from where we caught a 34 bus to Brookscroft Road. Wadham Lodge is only a couple of minutes walk from here. The stadium is good for this level of football with covered terracing at each end and a decent seated stand along one side. The bar is above the dressing rooms which also serve an adjacent pitch outside the main arena.A rather scrappy first half was livened up when visitors Cray Wanderers took the lead. The home side did eventually level midway through the second period but were stunned by a magnificent volley, which took Cray through to the next round, late on in the match.







Attendance
: 100
Admission: £6 
Programme: £1.50
Tea: 50p
Mars Bar: 40p
Fare: Covered by my All Zone Travel Card



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